Miss Annie Rooney (1942)

84-85 mins | Comedy-drama | 29 May 1942

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HISTORY

HR news items report that Roland Du Pree was originally cast as "Marty," but was replaced by Dickie Moore after Du Pree suffered a broken leg. Du Pree was then recast as "Joey." Contemporary reviews and modern sources note that this film marked Shirley Temple's attempt at revitalizing her film career, which had slowed when she entered her teens. However, the picture received dismal reviews, and Temple did not make another film for two years. Temple received her first onscreen romantic kiss in this film. Although the plot of the 1925 United Artists release Little Annie Rooney , directed by William Beaudine and starring Mary Pickford and Williams Haines, bears some resemblance to Miss Annie Rooney , they are otherwise unrelated. (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ... More Less

HR news items report that Roland Du Pree was originally cast as "Marty," but was replaced by Dickie Moore after Du Pree suffered a broken leg. Du Pree was then recast as "Joey." Contemporary reviews and modern sources note that this film marked Shirley Temple's attempt at revitalizing her film career, which had slowed when she entered her teens. However, the picture received dismal reviews, and Temple did not make another film for two years. Temple received her first onscreen romantic kiss in this film. Although the plot of the 1925 United Artists release Little Annie Rooney , directed by William Beaudine and starring Mary Pickford and Williams Haines, bears some resemblance to Miss Annie Rooney , they are otherwise unrelated. (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30 May 1942.
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Film Daily
27 May 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Mar 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Mar 42
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Apr 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Apr 42
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
26 May 42
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
30 May 42
p. 686.
New York Times
8 Jun 42
p. 11.
Variety
27 May 42
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Edward Small Presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Presenter
Asst to prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Supv film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eff ed
DANCE
Dance dir
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 May 1942
Production Date:
16 February--15 March 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Edward Small Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 June 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11382
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
84-85
Length(in feet):
7,753
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8202
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Annie Rooney is the precocious teenage granddaughter of a retired New York policeman, Grandpop Timothy Rooney Sr., and the daughter of Timothy Rooney, Jr., who has undertaken to rear his daughter since his wife died. Annie's romantic notions are not fulfilled by her boyfriend Joey, who is more interested in his car than in her. On their way to a friend's house for a dance one evening, Joey rear-ends Marty White Jr.'s car, and Annie is lovestruck by the suave youth's uptown manners. Marty insists on driving Annie to the party while Joey fusses with his car, and Marty is thrilled when Annie teaches him how to do the latest dance, the jitterbug. Annie spends the next few weeks dating Marty, while Joey becomes involved with Annie's best friend Myrtle. When Marty's mother throws him a birthday party, she refuses to allow him to invite Annie because she is lower- class, but Marty sends Annie an invitation anyway. Timothy Jr., a salesman who is constantly involved in inventions that fail, has invested his small savings in a scheme to turn milkweed into rubber and has quit his regular job. As they have no more money to live on, Grandpop takes a $100 loan against his pension to buy a formal dress for Annie to wear to Marty's party. There Marty's mother is appalled by her son's disobedience, and the upper-class girls snub Annie because she is "common" until, at Marty's insistence, she teaches everyone how to jitterbug. Annie only enjoys her popularity for a short time, however, because her father bursts into the party, having learned that Marty's father is president of Consolidated ... +


Annie Rooney is the precocious teenage granddaughter of a retired New York policeman, Grandpop Timothy Rooney Sr., and the daughter of Timothy Rooney, Jr., who has undertaken to rear his daughter since his wife died. Annie's romantic notions are not fulfilled by her boyfriend Joey, who is more interested in his car than in her. On their way to a friend's house for a dance one evening, Joey rear-ends Marty White Jr.'s car, and Annie is lovestruck by the suave youth's uptown manners. Marty insists on driving Annie to the party while Joey fusses with his car, and Marty is thrilled when Annie teaches him how to do the latest dance, the jitterbug. Annie spends the next few weeks dating Marty, while Joey becomes involved with Annie's best friend Myrtle. When Marty's mother throws him a birthday party, she refuses to allow him to invite Annie because she is lower- class, but Marty sends Annie an invitation anyway. Timothy Jr., a salesman who is constantly involved in inventions that fail, has invested his small savings in a scheme to turn milkweed into rubber and has quit his regular job. As they have no more money to live on, Grandpop takes a $100 loan against his pension to buy a formal dress for Annie to wear to Marty's party. There Marty's mother is appalled by her son's disobedience, and the upper-class girls snub Annie because she is "common" until, at Marty's insistence, she teaches everyone how to jitterbug. Annie only enjoys her popularity for a short time, however, because her father bursts into the party, having learned that Marty's father is president of Consolidated Rubber, and sets up a demonstration of his new investment. The demonstration is a disaster, however, and completely disrupts the party. Annie is sent home with her father in disgrace, and although Marty still cares for her, she tells him goodbye. The next day, the Rooneys' furniture is about to be taken away because Timothy Jr. used it as collateral, when Marty's father offers to hire him because he was so impressed with his salesmanship. Timothy Jr. rejects his offer because he no longer wants a regular job, but when one of Consolidated Rubber's laboratory men reports that the milkweed experiment actually worked, Timothy Jr. makes a deal with White on behalf of the inventor and secures his financial future. Security is restored to the Rooney home, and Annie is finally welcomed at the White household. +

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